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On Friday evening at 9, Ashleigh Banfield guest hosted "Piers Morgan Tonight: Triumph and Tragedy." The first half of the one hour special focused on stories from the passengers of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship. On the third day of a four day cruise flames erupted in the engine room of the Triumph, sending the ship adrift for day in the Gulf of Mexico.
Once the Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala. Thursday, passengers were transported by charter bus and plane to their original destination of Galveston, Texas.
Unfortunately for some of the passengers, including Jacob Combs, their journey from Mobile to Galveston was hardly "smooth sailing." Introduced as one of "unluckiest travelers you'll ever meet," by Banfield, Combs' charter bus from Mobile to New Orleans broke down and his charter plane to Galveston was delayed for over an hour due to an electrical problem.
"You know, it started out nice, sun shiny, thought it was going to work out well, but you know, with all of the problems that come with the ship, to add the plane problems and the bus problems with it, too, seems pretty par for the course this week," said Combs.
Thankfully, Combs maintained a great sense of humor about his ordeal saying, "But you have to sometime, you've got to laugh about it when those things come up."
Also on the program, fellow Carnival Triumph passenger Rachel Alderete spoke with Banfield about her medical emergency and her harrowing experience evacuating the ship days before it reached the shore.
"I need a kidney, so I needed to do dialysis," explained Alderete. "I was supposed to be here on Monday. And then Tuesday go to a dialysis, when I was supposed to go. But that's when, you know, the boat got caught on fire on Sunday."
"It was hard. It was scary," said Alderete about her evacuation. "They put me in a stair rope, and the Coast Guard said, 'Don't worry about it', that they would catch me."
Watch the clip and listen to the interviews as Alderete shares with Banfield the good news that she was able to receive her dialysis treatment in time in Cozumel, Mexico.
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